Every Spring, around Mardi Gras time, you hear a saying, particularly around the New Orleans area. Everyone says, “Laissez Le Bon Temps Rouler!” Loosely translated from Cajun French, it means, “Let the good times roll.” And ever since that glorious night last December in Kansas City, the good times continue to roll for your Texas A&M-Commerce Lions.
It began with a stellar early signing period that bolstered an already stout defense, provided depth at quarterback and in the secondary, and added much needed overall depth to the Lion roster. It continued with a National Signing Day class that was outstanding, to say the least. Adding standouts on both the offensive and defensive line, Coach Colby Carthel and his loyal staff of magicians managed to pry away an athlete from the likes of Texas Tech and Oklahoma State, as well as bringing in the Defensive Player of the Year from District 6-6A and the State Champion Allen Eagles.
The honors from the Championship of 2017 continue to roll in. Colby Carthel was named Coach of the Year by the Panhandle Sports Hall of Fame, and the NFF Gridiron of Dallas. It’s been said here at The Lion Wire before, many times, but what this man and his staff have accomplished in five short years has been nothing short of miraculous.
There has been one hole to fill, however, with the departure of Defensive Coordinator Justin Deason to Incarnate Word. That issue was addressed today. The Lions didn’t just go out and get any nondescript defensive coordinator, they got one of the best in the country. You may not know his name, but Lion fans, you have seen his defense. Coach Scott Power comes to the Lions from Central Washington University. That’s right, that Central Washington. On the surface, one may think, “We hired that guy? We ran away from his defense in the second half of the playoff game!” Well, here are the numbers on Coach Power that should have everyone excited…..in two years, the Wildcat defense went from 109th to 19th in scoring defense, 69th to 3rd in total defense, from 127th to 1st in rushing defense, and were first in sacks. That’s outstanding work, at any level. Coach Power’s aggressive, attacking style will fit right in. Pair that with the depth and talent of the Lions, with a top notch secondary, and things will be very exciting this fall in Commerce, America.
Laissez Le Bon Temps Rouler, indeed!